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European Tour apologises after sending €133k in prize money to wrong Tommy Fleetwood

A 58-year-old in America received an unexpected payday.

Fleetwood saw the funny side of the mistake.
Fleetwood saw the funny side of the mistake.
Image: Darron Cummings

THE EUROPEAN TOUR has apologised to Tommy Fleetwood after it sent the golfer’s prize money from last month’s Open to an American PGA professional of the same name.

Fleetwood earned €133,000 in prize money after finishing 12th at Carnoustie a fortnight ago but it has since emerged his winnings were sent to the wrong Tommy Fleetwood, a 58-year-old teaching pro based in Florida.

Although the R&A runs the Open, the European Tour controls and sends prize money to players, with the organisation quick to issue an apology to the world number 11th ranked Fleetwood.

“This was a clerical error which we are resolving and we apologise for the inconvenience caused to both parties,” the European Tour said, ahead of this week’s US PGA Championship.

Fleetwood, meanwhile, saw the funny side of the mistake.

“It looks pretty genuine,” he said. “They [the European Tour] are looking into it and I’m sure they’ll feel pretty bad about it. It’s a funny story.

“It’s just something I don’t really look at but I’ll get on top of that.”


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